What is Dermoid?

A dermoid cyst is a teratoma of a cystic nature that contains an array of developmentally mature, solid tissues. It frequently consists of skin, hair follicles, and sweat glands, while other commonly found components include clumps of long hair, pockets of sebum, blood, fat, bone, nails, teeth, eyes, cartilage, and thyroid tissue.

As dermoid cysts grow slowly and contain mature tissue, this type of cystic teratoma is nearly always benign. In those rare cases wherein the dermoid cyst is malignant, a squamous cell carcinoma usually develops in adults, while infants and children usually present with an endodermal sinus tumor.

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I am 42 years old female and have a 9 year old daughter. Had a routine ultra sound in Jan, 2011, where dermoid cyst (5 x 4 cms) in right ovary was...

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These dermoid cysts occur in reproductive years of a woman.
These can result in infection,torsion, rupture or rarely cancer.
These have...

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I have a lump right under my testicles at the base of where they meet my body, in the taint as I know it to be. The bump is not in the skin or...

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Thanks for writing to HCM
There are various causes of swelling in that region.
From history,it seems to be in superficial plain and benign in...

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hello Samuel,
I had IUD in previous pregnancy 5 months back. And again I'm pregnant running in 13th week. Unfortunately i have dermoid cyst in left...

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Dermoid cysts are usually having a long stalk or pedicle which means that they are prone to torsion and in turn causing acute severe pain or even...

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